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Raising Cane’s Copycat Chicken Tenders Recipe with Dipping Sauce

Raising Cane’s Copycat Chicken Tenders Recipe with Dipping Sauce

Raising Canes is a restaurant known for its chicken fingers. Raising Cane’s Chicken Tenders are known to be the best because they use fresh, never frozen chicken that is hand battered and fried in 100% vegetable oil. This Chicken Finger recipe copycats Raising Cane’s Chicken Tenders.

Raising Canes is one of the most popular restaurants in America as it sells over one billion chicken fingers every year. They have opened all around the United States of America, and their chicken and sauce are growing in popularity every day. Whether you have a Raising Cane’s in your area or not, this copycat recipe is sure to blow your mind.

The secret to tender, juicy chicken that doesn’t dry out during a deep fry is a great marinade. This one uses buttermilk, egg and garlic powder to tenderize and flavor the chicken. I recommend marinating for at least two hours, but overnight is even better.

Raising Cane's Copycat Chicken Fingers and Sauce

Another important aspect of this recipe is the seasoning blend. While there are plenty of premade seasonings on the market, making it from scratch is always preferable. Raising Cane’s uses a blend of Cajun spices, salt and pepper. This is the most important aspect of this recipe as it makes Raising Cane’s Chicken Tenders stand out from the competition.

This mix doesn’t use just any seasonings either. Raising Canes only uses fresh ingredients to make their signature seasoning blend. You can, too! Don’t be afraid to buy all-natural spices and flavorings instead of using cheap stuff that’ll burn your taste buds off later on down the road. It really does make a difference in recipes like this. Garlic powder adds subtle garlic flavor to the Raising Cane’s chicken tender recipe, while coarse salt and cracked black pepper add savory flavor.

Raising Cane's Copycat Chicken Fingers and Sauce

Raising Canes uses cayenne powder in its spice mix, though I use smoked paprika instead for a more natural flavor profile that tastes like the real deal. A little goes a long way with Cajun Seasoning as well, so don’t go overboard with it. You can always add more.

Raising Cane's Copycat Chicken Fingers and Sauce

As far as the sauce goes, Raising Cane’s uses a unique blend of mayonnaise and Louisiana-style hot sauce. My recipe has the same flavor profile but uses a mixture of ketchup, vinegar and spices to get that hot sauce taste. However, if you’re the sort who loves spice, feel free to add in some extra hot sauce into the recipe.

You can use it on almost anything from chicken fingers, to fries, to sandwiches. It goes great with pretty much anything you want to put it on.

Try it with our Raising Cane’s Copycat Texas Toast for a full restaurant experience!

I truly think this homemade version of Raising Cane’s Chicken Tenders is so simple for a home cook, and it really gives the same joy as the original. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

ingredients for Raising Cane's Copycat Chicken Fingers and Sauce

You’re going to need to gather some equipment for this recipe. You’ll need a large stock pot or Dutch oven, some tongs, a wire rack and paper towels. Then it’s time to gather up your ingredients.

Ingredients

3 chicken breasts, cut into strips
4-5 cups Canola Oil

Marinade:
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 tbsp garlic powder

Flour Mix:
1.5 cups flour
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
All of seasoning blend (minus 1 tbsp for the dredge)

Seasoning Blend
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder

Dredge:
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tbsp seasoning blend

Sauce
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup ketchup
1 tsp Worcestershire
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp black pepper
1 tbsp white vinegar

making Raising Cane's Copycat Chicken Fingers and Sauce

To begin with, mix up your marinade and place your chicken breast strips inside of it. Let it marinate for at least two hours, but overnight is even better.

Once you have finished marinating, it’s time to dredge. Set up your dredging station: flour, buttermilk, flour, wire rack to rest.

dredging chicken

Begin to heat your canola oil over medium high heat.

First remove the chicken from the marinade. Dip into the seasoned flour mix then into the dredge (3/4 cup buttermilk + 1 tbsp seasoning blend) and back into the flour mix once more. Be sure it is coated well then place on a wire rack for a minimum of ten minutes.

chicken ready for deep frying

By this point the oil will be ready for the chicken. Then it’s time for the frying! To test it, drop a little flour over into the oil. When it sizzles the oil is hot enough. Cook for 3-4 mins per side or until fully cooked.

deep fried chicken tenders

How great does that look!?

A few notes:

If the oil is too hot it will fry the outside and leave the inside raw. Do not go over a medium high temp for this.
Canola oil gives it a beautiful brown color and crunch, vegetable oil is also acceptable.
The marinade is key and should not be skipped. For a deeper flavor marinade over night.

Raising Cane's dipping sauce copycat

As for the dipping sauce, simply mix all of your ingredients together in a small bowl, and that’s it! Couldn’t be simpler!

Raising Cane's Copycat Chicken Fingers and Sauce
Raising Cane's Copycat Chicken Fingers and Sauce

You and the family are going to LOVE this recipe. The chicken is perfectly tender and full of flavor. It’s got that awesome crunch on the outside, and all the flavor from those seasonings. The sauce gives that extra kick to really bring out the best possible flavors.

I really hope you love this recipe – it’s sure to please even picky eaters. Give it a try tonight!

Raising Cane's Copycat Chicken Fingers and Sauce

Raising Cane's Copycat Chicken Tenders and Dipping Sauce

Yield: 6 - 8 servings
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

You know the classic fast food chain, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers? Well now you can make them at home! This copycat recipe features their famous dipping sauce too. It is a perfect dinner for those busy nights when cooking seems like more work than it’s worth. Don't miss out on this easy meal idea that your family will love.

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 4-5 cups Canola Oil

Marinade

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder

Flour Mix

  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • All of seasoning blend (minus 1 tbsp for the dredge)

Seasoning Blend

  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder

Dredge

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp seasoning blend

Dipping Sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar

Instructions

    1. Marinade the chicken strips for a minimum of 2 hours
    2. Set up a dredging station: flour, buttermilk, flour, wire rack to rest
    3. Begin to heat your canola oil over medium high heat.
    4. First remove the chicken from the marinade.
    5. Dip into the seasoned flour mix.
    6. Dip into the dredge (3/4 cup buttermilk + 1 tbsp seasoning blend)
    7. Dip back into the flour mix and coat well.
    8. Place on wire rack for a minimum of 10 mins.
    9. By this point the oil will be ready for the chicken.
    10. To test it, drop a little flour over into the oil. When it sizzles the oil is hot enough.
    11. Cook for 3-4 mins per side or until fully cooked

Notes

  • If the oil is too hot it will fry the outside and leave the inside raw. Do not go over a medium high temp for this.
  • Canola oil gives it a beautiful brown color and crunch, vegetable oil is also acceptable.
  • The marinade is key and should not be skipped. For a deeper flavor marinade over night.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 5195Total Fat: 559gSaturated Fat: 43gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 509gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 1834mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 22g

This nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not be entirely accurate. Please do your own research if you are overly concerned about specific macros.

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H

Saturday 3rd of December 2022

It was good, but tasted absolutely nothing like raising canes. I think it was the bread crumbs.

Ben

Thursday 13th of October 2022

Was going to try this for raising canes copycat. Knew I should move along when I saw bread crumbs in the ingredients.

Sandra Jones

Monday 11th of July 2022

My son-in-law is super picky about what he eats. Whenever I get chicken out to fix, he automatically turns up his nose. But last night he ate several of the tenders, and even had seconds! I ran out the the buttermilk dredging solution way too fast though.

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Tuesday 15th of March 2022

[…] Raising Cane’s Texas Toast is cooked to order from sesame-seeded pull apart bread. It’s brushed with butter and garlic and then grilled to create its signature look and taste. The finished product is definitely delicious. It’s the perfect side to Cane’s Chicken Tenders and Dipping Sauce. […]

Sean

Friday 4th of February 2022

I made this two days ago, and it was very good (even my very picky son approved it, and he is a big fan of Rasing Canes chicken tender) I followed the recipe to the T, including dipping sauce. Not sure what other commenters meant when they said too much Worcestershire sauce. Everything turned out perfect in my case. I used Ninja Smart Grill Air Crisp function (equivalent to air fryer) to cook it, 350 degree for 12 minutes (flip halfway) Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Fred

Saturday 5th of March 2022

@Chris, I'm curious as well. It would be easier and healthier in an air fryer. Anyone try?

Chris

Monday 7th of February 2022

@Sean, did they turn out just as good air fried? I’m making these tonight and thought about that instead of oil

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